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  • Automatic Waterers In Stalls

    I am considering putting automatic heated waterers in my stalls. Do you have them? What brand? What do you love and what do you hate?

    My horses are only in for about 1 1/2 hours in the mornings for feed and about 4 hours in the evenings, but I am tired of filling water buckets.


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      I have the Nelsons in my stalls and in my turnout. LOVE them...although I think the horses love them more. Hardy as heck, impossible to flood, work like a charm, have auto shut off/turn on depending on ambient temps, you can get them with gauges so you know how much they're drinking and the water is always, always fresh. They do need to be checked at least once daily: remove lid, lock water, remove bowl, dump and wipe out before replacing and unlocking the water supply again. Takes all of about 30 seconds per waterer. Worth every penny.
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      • #4
        I have auto waterers too. I love mine- no more carrying buckets, no worrying if the horses have water.

        I have a few different types, and the ones that I like best have an on/off thingy on the water supply, and a drain in the bottom. Makes 'em super easy to clean!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by cindylouwho View Post
          I am considering putting automatic heated waterers in my stalls. Do you have them? What brand? What do you love and what do you hate?

          My horses are only in for about 1 1/2 hours in the mornings for feed and about 4 hours in the evenings, but I am tired of filling water buckets.

          Our barn came with a couple of them....quickly discovered out beasts were very good at pooping in them........much easier to clean a bucket..........
          Providence Farm


          • #6
            My friends have the Nelsons and they're great. They have them in box stalls and five of the tie stalls. They get pooped in every once in a great while and they're not too hard to clean. One horse that goes in a tie stall isn't allowed to be in a stall w/ a waterer because she thinks it's a fun toy and gets water everywhere!! She's a goofy girl.
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            • #7
              I have automatic waterers, but I don't like the bucket style, for the already mentioned problems and also I don't like that the water just sits in them when they are not being used. Mine are the push type, no old yucky water that needs cleaning and the horse would have to be quite a contortionist to be able to poop in one!
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                Nelsons with heater. love them.
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                  • #10
                    Another Nelsons fan here...I have them in my stalls as well as my pastures.

                    Seriously, if I ever build a barn again - the Nelsons are a MUST HAVE.

                    If I had to choose one over the other between the field and the barns - I'd choose my pastures - I swear it makes life SO MUCH easier! I have one pasture that doesn't have the waterer - it drives me nuts. I put waterers in the two other pastures and kick myself for not doing in the 3rd. I will likely add it this summer.

                    My horses have fresh, cold, clean water 100% of the time. And in the winter, they have room temperature, fresh, clean water all the time. Never any mildew or algae. They are awesome. Super easy to wipe clean too. Huge time saver and the horses love them.

                    Definitely worth the money!


                    • #11
                      I have the Nelson waterers, too, and love them. Money well spent.


                      • #12
                        19 Nelsons with heaters here. No complaints.


                        • #13
                          My word of advice, definitely be willing to spend the money on good ones. The cheapy ones from your local feed mill don't hold up to horsey abuse. They tend to bend the floats and then they overflow nonstop. We've tried just about every lower quality auto-waterer, and it's just better to go with the good high quality ones. The bucket ones are especially bad, because not only do they overflow, but they're wall-mounted and damn near impossible to clean. We wound up switching back to buckets and hoses


                          • #14
                            the last two barns I boarded at (100 horses)

                            both put in "Richie" waterers in pastures , the 2nd replaces NEW NELSONs because the were soooooooo horrible--sand particles jammed them up and to fix (nearly daily) they had to be drained an dissasemble tiny part under water---in zero degree weather this was a major design flaw.

                            The heated Ritchies were so wonderful last year, BO WERE VERY HAPPY WITH THE CHANGE FROM Nelsons.

                            I just bought a farm w bubbling artesian springs---havnt frozen in this -20F weather but cant Put them in!!! Ill put in Richies when build barn when/if spring comes.. klr


                            • #15
                              I have nelsons and love em, easy to clean, no worries


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                                Originally posted by klr View Post
                                both put in "Richie" waterers in pastures , the 2nd replaces NEW NELSONs because the were soooooooo horrible--sand particles jammed them up and to fix (nearly daily) they had to be drained an dissasemble tiny part under water---in zero degree weather this was a major design flaw.

                                The heated Ritchies were so wonderful last year, BO WERE VERY HAPPY WITH THE CHANGE FROM Nelsons.

                                I just bought a farm w bubbling artesian springs---havnt frozen in this -20F weather but cant Put them in!!! Ill put in Richies when build barn when/if spring comes.. klr
                                What model Richies did you use for horses?

                                We just have regular water tanks, the smallest 6', a float and a float box.
                                Several horses can get around a tank at the same time.

                                We clean them about every two months and the water really stays very clean in them.
                                Goldfish work for that too, but then, when you clean, you have to put the fish in buckets with a fish net, clean and put the fish back.


                                • #17
                                  re Richie models

                                  I dont have a model # but the double sided w/"plastic" domed ,locking cover were better than metal square (metal sides quickly developed rust stains w/hard h20 and had corners (potential for injury) also cribbers couldn't get a grip on the smooth plastic.

                                  Michigan has gravel/sand berms (deposited by glaciers) along w/peat bog/swamps (carved out by same) and the horse rinse mouths in waterers--leaving sand ect to accumulate in addition to algae--actually, w/so many animals the water was constantly being replaced--food particles weren't the problem outside as would be in stalls were you would expect much food (less sand) and little h2o exchange (relative to pasture waterers.

                                  ps double sided is good for putting under a fence to h20 adjacent pastures or if many horses using it.


                                  • #18
                                    Nelsons. Love them. My horse has fresh, clean water all the time and he loves it. They're also very easy to clean.


                                    • #19
                                      Outdoors Ritchie.

                                      Indoor heated barn just the regular cow ones with the float. They are cheap and easy to replace. http://www.tractorsupply.com/webapp/...g=true&cFlag=1 $37 it breaks just replace it. To clean just shop vac them.

                                      Have been dealing with Nelsons for over 10 years. They are great until they have a problem. Then they are a pain in the arse. If your horses monkey with things they will eventually break their Nelson, and parts are expensive. They can get stuck and overflow. The valve is $16 (these do have to be replaced every few years IME), the copper tube is $13 (the horses will eventually bend them unless you have a saint of a horse), and just hope you never have a horse knock the housing in so the lid doesnt go back on If you are doing indoors non-heated barn i guess i would go with nelson with a heater, but make sur eyou understand hwo they work and how to fix them!


                                      • #20
                                        Renae, we have the Little Giant regular ones that you pictured in our barn, and I couldn't be happier with them. Two and a half years and none of them have given up the ghost. They're looking a little more tarnished than I'd like, but I guess when you only pay small money for something, the quality has to suffer somewhere. THe only thing I wish I'd done is to have spouse put in gallon gauges on each pipe before installing the waterers. It's the one feature that the Nelsons (and Ritchies, I assume?) have, that I'd really like.

                                        When we move, I'm doing run-in sheds with waterers, and they'll probably be Nelsons. A lot easier to afford three than nine.
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